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Diamond Multimedia USB 2.0 HD 1080 Game Console Video Capture Device TV, Black (GC1000)

3.3 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
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  • TV Loop Through (Video in and Video Outputs) 1080I play on your TV and record on your PC at the same time
  • Capture Video from Almost Any Video Source
  • Preserve Your VHS tapes
  • Capture directly from your gaming console and upload to YouTube from one application
  • USB 2.0 Video Standards: NTSC/PAL
  • Video capturing formats: MPEG 4/2/1
  • NTSC Video Capture:720x480 @30FPS
  • PAL Video Capture: 720x576 @25FPS
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Product Description

The GC1000 is a High Definition (HD) Video capture box with HDMI (up to 1080i) input and output, Component (up to 1080i) input and output. Also includes capture support through S-Video input source. Create videos from gaming consoles, VHS, DVD player, camcorder or satellite set top box through HDMI, Component (YPbPr), Composite and or S-Video. The GC1000 includes DVC (Diamond Video Capture) software with direct upload to YouTube interface. With LOOP-THROUGH video input and video output support, it can be used for HD Gaming Capture, providing zero-delay display on TV set and creates recording of video game play simultaneously. Realtime HD Video Capture on PC or Laptop via USB 2.0. H.264 Hardware compression.

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Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Brand Name Diamond Multimedia
Item model number GC1000
Item Weight 4 ounces
Product Dimensions 5.5 x 1 x 3.5 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 5.5 x 1 x 3.5 inches
Color Black
Audio-out Ports (#) 1

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3.3 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #90 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Internal TV Tuner & Capture Cards
Shipping Weight 1.5 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available July 9, 2012

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1. Connected the capture device with the supplied USB cable to PC
2. Installed the drivers and software from DVD (easy)
3. Connected HDPVR using supplied component cable
4. Connected XBOX 360 using HDMI cable (NOT PROVIDED)

1. Opened HD-Capture software that was installed
2. Went Setup->Capture and changed the Video Path and Capture Bitrate to High Quality

1. Changed the source input to component, pressed capture (software UI could be better, but it does the job)
2. Changed the source input to HDMI, pressed capture
3. 1:18:00 of footage resulted in 11.76GB

I uploaded a clip to youtube at 1080p -> [...]
Amazon didnt let me upload a high res video.

Has both Component and HDMI inputs (main reason i picked this up over the others)
I liked how I could have both source inputs connected at the same time
Easy setup and capture

Windows ONLY <- wished it was supported on OSX
Capture software is kinda ugly
Doesn't have the feature the Elgato has buffering your footage

NOTE: keep in mind that if you are using HDMI IN, to set your source to 1080i. If you have an XBOX 360 slim, make sure to turn off display discovery so you can set the display to be 1080i
NOTE2: I am also using a HDMI Splitter that I also bought from Amazon (I am not using the pass through on the device)


I am planning to get a new computer. Therefore, I emailed support and asked them if their capture software supported 64 bit. Here's what the support person responded with:

Ian A. <tech06@diamondmm.
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The main reason I bought this was because of the cheap price and the fact that it can capture in HDMI AND in Component or Composite. I'd like to note that there are many misconceptions about what this device actually does and doesn't do which made me hesitate buying it, but I eventually did. There is barely any real information or reviews on this product, so I'll start with a Q&A of common questions.

Q: Is there any noticeable added delay on my TV when it passes through the device?
A: No, I have not noticed any added delay from my usual setup. It seems lagless. I play reaction based games (fighters), so I can tell when there are a bit of extra frames of display lag (which is why I don't play using HDMI on my TV).

Q: What is the format of the recorded video?
A: I'm not sure about other input sources, but if recording in HDMI or Component, it is a MPEG-2 TS Video (.ts) file.

Q: Do I need to be plugged in to my computer to capture/playback to my TV?
A: You will need the device to be powered (ie: plugged into a set up computer) in order to capture. If you want to use the device as just a pass through (basically, it doing nothing but working like an extension cable), you can for Component, Composite, and S-Video connections. HDMI, however, needs a power source to pass through. So essentially, if you just want to play games with the power off on the capture card, you can without unplugging everything for the non-HDMI connections. The Power Cord for the device is just a USB that goes into a USB slot on your computer.

Q: Will this work on my OS?
A: It won't work on Mac, and as far as other people say, doesn't work on Windows 8, but I never tested it.
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I can't give it one star because it does technically work, but it only seems to work sometimes. The device itself works but the drivers you have to install on your computer do not work so well. Constant crashes, error messages, and Recording interruptions are to be expected. Maybe the software just doesn't agree with my type of laptop, but even then there are the recording issues; PS3 footage cannot be recorded at all on this device via HDMI, although AV is just fine if you run yours that way. N64 footage is not possible, for some reason it captures the first image it sees and loops it over your recording footage repeatedly. If you are like me and are looking for the best way to record footage from several consoles just save up and buy something better, I regret not doing that.
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Awesome Capture card, my entire team uses this card in all the studios, which is three of them.
a little finiky, but nothing a quick google wont fix, it can be a bit wonky, and the DM cap program is a bit off sometimes.
Def helps to have a PC with more than 2 ram (common except for with me)
the hd output can be easily modified to use YWR cables instead of composite, by usuing the Y port, making retro easy to record.
this product is amazing for those looking to do anything gaming related!
check out our uses over on Youtube gamegoofs over there to get an idea of the content it can be used to produce.
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I don't do a whole lot of video game recording so I bought this back in August of 2012 to get a feel of how this work. I went with Diamond because they used to be the company I went for when it came to video cards a very long time ago and wanted to give them a try again. Another reason I was eyeballing this was because it doesn't require too many cables and was powered by USB so it was perfect for laptop so I didn't need to have a PC next to my TV and consoles. I was also not familiar with Elgato or Hauppauge at the time when I was shopping around. I eventually moved no Hauppauge 3 months later and never been happier and am now looking at the Elgato Standard/H60 for its portability.

The Diamond GC1000 worked well on Windows 7 but it was when I upgraded to Windows 8 that the problems started happening. Diamond didn't bother updating the software to Windows 8 until 7-8 months later (April of 2013). With windows 8, another problem I ran into with the Diamond GC1000 is that I use this maybe once every 3-4 months on a Samung Laptop with 8GB of memory and a core i5 and everytime I run it in Windows 8.1, it just doesn't work. I have to uninstall and reinstall DMcap and the drivers to fix the issue because all I get from the video feedback was a black screen instead of a blue screen. This is with version 1.0 of their software.

As of 6/2/2015, doing the uninstall/reinstall doesn't help anymore with version 1.02 of DMcap and its drivers on Windows 8.1, the video feedback locks up when I hit the record button but you see a timer indicating that it is recording, when you stop the recording 3 minutes later all you get is a 4MB file which is like the first 3 seconds of the video.

The lack of support for this device is just disappointing. When it worked, it does a good job. But now? There's not reason to buy this, spend a little more money and get the Hauppauge or Elgato which is still updating their software.
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